Annotations for Legend of the Poinsettia


Baker & Taylor
When her mother cannot finish weaving a blanket for the church nativity, Lucida tries to finish it and ruins it beyond repair, but when Lucida offers an armful of weeds to be placed in the manger, they are transformed into beautiful, red poinsettias

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Baker & Taylor
When her mother falls ill and cannot finish weaving a blanket for the church nativity, Lucinda tries to finish it and ruins it instead, but when Lucinda offers an armful of weeds for the manger, they are transformed into beautiful, red poinsettias.

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Baker & Taylor
When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

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Penguin Putnam
In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside.

A Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.



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